Miraculix psilocybin test kit
Published August 21st, 2021 under Food
A small company called Miraculix in Jena Germany, have released a psilocybin test kit. As far as I know, this is the first cost-effective at home test kit for the measurement of the concentration of psilocybin. This is important for measuring the potency of magic mushrooms. I signed up for a preorder of their first batch to be released and since I haven’t seen any other reviews, I thought I may as well post one here for you all.
You can purchase your own test kit for €14.95. Each test kit is only good for a single test.
Buy your own psilocybin test kit here (this is not an affiliate link – I’m just a customer of this company)
They claim “10% deviation from HPLC analysis” which seems sufficiently accurate for most home uses. The human body probably has more variation in how it handles the drug anyway, so a little inaccuracy won’t have much impact on how most of us will use these test kits.
The test kit arrived promptly in the mail along with some detailed instructions. The instructions appear a little complicated, but thankfully the nuts and bolts of the procedure are very simple and I’ve added some simplified instructions below. The instructions were only in German, but thankfully my German skills were sufficient to work it out. Hopefully they’ll be adding some English language instructions in future.
An optional first step but one which I do myself, is to consume 150 mg of your mushrooms before testing them.
(1) Weigh out 150 mg of powdered mushrooms or truffles.
(2) Pour the weighed mushrooms into the provided screw cap bottle (which is prefilled with a liquid) and shake the bottle for 10 seconds.
wait five minutes
(3) Shake the bottle again.
wait five minutes
(4) Filter the liquid (a syringe filter is provided for this) and transfer 1 mL of it to the provided glass reaction vial (a blunt cannula/needle is provided for this which you can use to inject the liquid through the rubber septum in the top of the vial).
(5) Shake the vial to ensure the two liquids have mixed together. This step seems to be missing from the official instructions, but I recommend it as in my case the two liquids were totally separated and I assume the test reaction may not proceed as intended if they stayed separated.
(6) Place the reaction vial into ~95° C water (according to the instructions, boiling some water and taking it off the boil is apparently sufficiently accurate for this).
wait 15 minutes
(7) Compare the colour of the resulting liquid with the provided colour chart to get an estimate of your samples psilocybin content.
I did two samples. One with dried champignon mushrooms, and another with dried psilocybe cubensis mushrooms.
As with most tests involving eye balling a colour chart, it was hard to pick where to place it, but my best estimate was that the psilocybe cubensis mushrooms had around 1.5% pislocybin and the champignon mushrooms had 0%. I was pleasantly surprised by the results for the psilocybin mushrooms but disappointed that the champignon mushrooms I bought from the supermarket would not get me high 😲
The box the kit came in claims that the test kit is dangerous and can cause severe skin burns and eye damage. The instructions said to use the provided rubber gloves and some eye protection. I’ve spilled enough highly toxic chemicals on myself over the years to not give a damn about this, but I do recommend following their instructions. During the procedure I needed to tap a bubble out of the syringe, and the tapping process splattered chemicals over my desk and on my hands. I have no idea what the chemical is it’s not listed; I’m assuming nothing super toxic, but I did wash my hands immediately just in case.
The instructions didn’t say how to dispose of the chemicals afterwards, so I washed them down the drain along with a large amount of water. Once I’d washed everything out, I disposed of the remaining solid material in my household garbage.
The test did correctly detect psilocybin in each mushroom batch, but I have no way to know if the estimate of the total concentration is correct or not. The psilocybin content found for the psilocybe cubensis mushrooms did seem a little high to me, but perhaps I just had some very potent psilocybe cubensis mushrooms on my hands 🤷
I have a couple of very minor improvements I will make next time I run one of these tests:
Firstly, I would ditch the provided filter and simply filter the mixture through a little cotton wool.
Secondly, I’d use a proper cannula; the provided blunt cannula was very awkward to use. I guess they’re concerned about us injuring ourselves, but I actually think I would be more likely to hurt myself with the blunt one. I’ve punctured thousands of septa with cannula before, but the most dangerous times were always when I was trying to ram a blunt end through rather than a sharp stabby one.
As far as the test kit itself goes, the only change I would like to see, is the addition of some English language instructions, particularly if it’s sold outside Germany. If you buy something in English, I think it’s reasonable to assume that it will come with English language instructions. For me this didn’t matter too much, as it was just some unintended German language practice, but for others I think having the instructions in the language they bought the kit in would make a lot of sense.